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The Circle | [Peter Lovesey]

The Circle

Widowed van driver Bob Naylor is prodded into joining the Chichester Writers' Circle by his teenage daughter. Bob writes limericks and jingles, and fears he will be out of his class amongst the literati. But the members of the circle come from all walks of life and practice many forms of writing, from fantasy to household hints. There seems to be nothing about any of them to incite a serial killer. However, there is an arsonist in their midst, burning his victims to death, and Bob becomes a suspect.
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Publisher's Summary

Widowed van driver Bob Naylor is prodded into joining the Chichester Writers' Circle by his teenage daughter. Bob writes limericks and jingles, and fears he will be out of his class amongst the literati. But the members of the circle come from all walks of life and practice many forms of writing, from fantasy to household hints. There seems to be nothing about any of them to incite a serial killer. However, there is an arsonist in their midst, burning his victims to death, and Bob becomes a suspect. To clear himself, he must cooperate with formidable Detective Chief Inspector Henrietta Mallin.

©2005 by Peter Lovesey. All rights reserved. (P)2010 BBC Audio

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    June Franklin, TX, United States 01-10-11
    June Franklin, TX, United States 01-10-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting plot"

    Mr Lovesey has introduced some interesting characters involved in a plot that
    leaves you guessing till the end.

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    Classique 05-07-14
    Classique 05-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Clever and very amusing."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Circle to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. I've read all of Lovesey's Peter Diamond and Hen Mallin books and loved them, but hearing them read by a talented performer is the tops.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Circle?

    Naomi and Zach's collaboration on the e-book, probably. Her no nonsense approach and his private thoughts are priceless.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I confess that I look out for audio books narrated by Simon Prebble. He does a great job distinguishing between the characters with his vast arsenal of "voices". He uses accent, inflection, tempo, volume etc., to the best advantage. A wonderful performer!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh my, yes. I laughed a lot. Mr.Lovesey is hip to the vernacular. The characters and dialog are priceless!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Columbus, OH, United States 11-30-13
    Natalie Columbus, OH, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2011

    I like mysteries, classics, and good non-fiction. Much of my audible listening takes place when I am working out and sweaty, so I like good plot-driven thrillers.

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    "Nice mystery--witty and a bit old-fashioned."
    What did you love best about The Circle?

    I liked the dry, sardonic wit with which Lovesey writes. His characters may sometimes be caricatures but rather deliciously so. Bob Naylor, one of the primary characters, is particularly effective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Circle?

    I liked the illustration of aspiring authors and their sad franticness.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    He has an excellent voice--I love British accents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I carefully allocate my Audible reads to when I am working out at the gym. This one motivated me to work out longer, which is always a plus.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a rather old-fashioned lover of the Golden Age of Mystery novels. I believe that Lovesey writes in that style. I will be buying more of his books.

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